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ANOTHER POST ON THE SUBJECT OF DIALOG?

Sure, why not? Fanny Ellsworth, editor of Ranch Romances was quoted in “Magazine Editor Warns Against Loss of Originality”: Do you put thought on your dialogue—to make it sound natural without making it full of queerly spelled words that will … Continue reading

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ARHL-A OF THE CAVES: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 26

Continuing what has come to seem like an endless exploration of the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales we arrive at “Arhl-a of the Caves” by C.M. Eddy, Jr, author of “the Ghost-Eater,” “With Weapons of Stone,” etc., or so … Continue reading

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BANTER AT YOUR OWN RISK or WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A RANDOM SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: THE FURY OUT OF TIME

Five years ago I described the step-by-step process of creating a random SF/fantasy paperback grab-bag, and I keep drawing books from my box, including The Fury Out of Time by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. As I write this, I’m only forty-two … Continue reading

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GALEN STOOD UP. “LEAD WITH ACTION!”

First of all, be extremely cautious around “trendy” writing advice. If someone tells you that, for instance, no one ever reads prologues so never write a prologue… well, that one I’ve already debunked. Another that keeps popping up is that … Continue reading

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THE OCEAN LEECH: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 16

Back to my ongoing series of posts where I’ve been reading a single issue of Weird Tales from 1925. You can read along in order by going back to the beginning and starting here. This week’s short story is “The … Continue reading

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BASIC MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my own standard manuscript file, so I took some time this morning to do that. Most of this week’s post, then, will be found as downloads from Athans & Associates Creative Consulting. But … Continue reading

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WINGS OF POWER: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 13

This week we’ll hop back into my series of posts looking in detail at a single issue of Weird Tales, a classic pulp fiction magazine from 1925 that can be read online. If you haven’t been following along, feel free … Continue reading

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